On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the second annual Phoenix Police Officers’ Ball was held at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa. The event opened with a cocktail hour in the resort’s Palm Court where hors d’oeurves were served and attendees had the opportunity to have their photo taken next to a restored 1967 Ford “Custom” police car, which was provided by the Phoenix Police Museum. Opening ceremonies in the Grand Ballroom were emceed by local talk radio and television host Mike Broomhead of KFYI. Members of Phoenix Police Explorer Post 2906 presented the colors and were accompanied by Phoenix Police Honor Guard bagpiper, Officer Matt Johnson. After special guest David Bauer sang our National Anthem and Phoenix Police Chaplain Robert Fesmire delivered the invocation, dinner and desert were served.
Following dinner, DJ Jeremy Cullum, a Phoenix Police Officer and local band Sassy and the Sneak Attack provided the evening’s musical entertainment for dancing. Speed painter Randall Hedden, who was at last year’s event, once again thrilled the crowd while he painted a portrait of the Statue of Liberty, which was auctioned off, with proceeds going to PLEA Charities.
Attendees and special guests included Dr. Ann Hart, president of the Maricopa County Chapter of the NAACP, Arizona State Representative Mark Finchem, Arizona State Senator Steve Smith, Neal and Cindy Haddad of Citizens for Phoenix, Ginnie Ann and Gene Sumner of the Citizens and Law Enforcement Anti-Graffiti Initiative, CLEA-GI, active and retired Phoenix Police Officers and supervisors, as well as law enforcement officers from other Valley agencies.
PLEA would like to thank everyone who attended and made this event a success and we would also like to acknowledge our sponsors:
- Axon (Formerly Taser International)
- Napier, Coury, & Baillie, P.C.
- United Phoenix Firefighters Charities
- Phoenix Meats
- Thrivent Financial